ZOU Juhong, LIN Mingsen, ZOU Bin, GUO Maohua, ZHANG Yi. A routine operational backscattering coefficient regrouping algorithm for a HY-2A scatterometer[J]. Acta Oceanologica Sinica, 2018, 37(3): 111-116. doi: 10.1007/s13131-018-1204-6
Citation: ZOU Juhong, LIN Mingsen, ZOU Bin, GUO Maohua, ZHANG Yi. A routine operational backscattering coefficient regrouping algorithm for a HY-2A scatterometer[J]. Acta Oceanologica Sinica, 2018, 37(3): 111-116. doi: 10.1007/s13131-018-1204-6

A routine operational backscattering coefficient regrouping algorithm for a HY-2A scatterometer

doi: 10.1007/s13131-018-1204-6
  • Received Date: 2017-03-24
  • The routine operational sigma0 regrouping method is proposed for a HY-2A scatterometer (HSCAT) that maps time-ordered sigma0s and related parameters into a subtrack aligned grid of wind vector cells (WVCs). The regrouping method consists of two critical steps: ground grid generation and sigma0 resampling. The HSCAT uses subtrack swath coordinates, in which the nadir track of the satellite represents the center and the designated positions are specified in terms of a pair of along-track and cross-track coordinates. To calculate the subtrack coordinates for each sigma0, a “triangle marking” resampling method is developed. Three points, including the point of intersection, the center of a pulse footprint, and the origin of the subtrack coordinate system, form a right triangle; the length of the two right-angled sides is used to represent the cross-track and the along-track coordinates in the subtrack coordinate system. In addition, a nadir point interpolation correction is used to ensure the operation of the regrouping algorithm when the nadir point positional information is missing. To illustrate the ability of the proposed regrouping algorithm, the distribution of the WVC positions and wind vector retrieval results are analyzed, which show that the proposed regrouping algorithm meets the requirements for high-quality sea surface wind field retrieval.
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